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article imageReview: Florida Georgia Line electrifies the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 18, 2016 in Music
Wantagh - On July 17, hit country duo Florida Georgia Line headlined their Jones Beach concert in New York, as part of their "Dig Your Roots" tour.
They were joined by an all-star group of opening acts that included Kane Brown, The Cadillac Three and Cole Swindell, all of which were able to warm up the stage for Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley.
Florida Georgia Line kicked off their set with "This Is How We Roll," as the white curtain backdrop was lowered and the duo made their grade entrance as they were lowered from the top of the stage. The packed New York crowd instantly fell in love with their energy level. "That's right New York," they said, prior to breaking to "It'z Just What We Do" and the liberating "Round Here."
After the title track of their previous CD, "Anything Goes," they continued with the title track of their upcoming album, "Dig Your Roots." "This is the title track of the record, the title track of our tour and the title track of our life over the past couple of years. We wrote this about six months ago, as we were looking back at our life and ourselves. This is the song that's got a lot of meaning to us. We hope you guys love it New York," Hubbard said.
"Dirt" was an emotional performance by the duo, and equally powerful was their latest single "H.O.L.Y.," where Hubbard played piano, which is No. 1 bound on the Billboard Hot Country airplay charts.
A pleasure surprise was when they performed "Stay," after the crowd went on a patriotic tangent (chanting "U.S.A.") which is this journalist's personal favorite tune from their breakthrough studio album, Here's to the Good Times. It was refreshing to hear the laid-back "Sun Daze," where they brought back Kane Brown on stage for the mellow tune.
For their encore, they returned to sing the party tune "Party People," and it was followed by a medley that featured the rocking "Last Resort," as well as the Backstreet Boys classic "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" and the R&B smash hit "This Is How We Do It." They saved their signature tune for last, their diamond-certified "Cruise," which was a stadium anthem.
The Verdict
Overall, Florida Georgia Line was able to throw one big party at Jones Beach that was well-received by all. It was filled with pyrotechnics, neat backgrounds, vivacious energy and a plethora of country hits. They are the genre's hottest live act at the moment, and rightfully so. Their show garnered 5 out of 5 stars.
To learn more about Florida Georgia Line and their tour dates, check out their website.
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